Presidents Quill

First Cast April 2021

Hi Folks

It’s April Fool’s Day as I write this, but there’s nothing in the following which should be construed as a prank.

Firstly, and most importantly, let us welcome three new members onto the Committee.

Gerhard Uys, Brendon Frater, and Evana Corric. Congratulations to all three of you, and we look forward to working with you all over the coming months.  All three are very keen anglers with experience and talent, which they will share with us going forward. Brendon, Evana and Gerhard also have welcome skills with social media, IT and are highly experienced communicators. Evana is also helping us widen our ranks to make membership more welcoming for women, and she is the partner of Justin Corric, who heads our sister organisation, Salt Fly Club, and manages Rod and Reel.

Christof Smith has volunteered to run our barbecue at club nights, and to source a replacement barbie for the one I rather foolishly tried to refurb – anything will be an improvement on my efforts. Thank you, Christof.

In ongoing development of the club’s house in Turangi, this month will see the removal of the old curtains and the installation of new ones, and this should brighten things up still more. The asset is the jewel in the crown and the ongoing maintenance and upgrading helps it prop up the club’s finances.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark Worthington, whose work in improving and maintaining the club house over several years has been invaluable. Mark has served on the committee for over five years and along with Doug Snell, our immediate Past President, was a prime mover in shifting and centralising the club meetings to Newmarket. Mark’s move to Rotorua to develop his lodge above the winding Waiteti river has meant he is less able to attend meetings, but he remains an active member of the club. Beckenvale Lodge is available for overnight farm stays and he and Rebecca will welcome members who book in.

Another of John Stephenson’s excellent trips is in the offing this month, (16,17,18) with a trip to the Tukituki River in Hawkes Bay. Nearby the superb Te Mata Peak offers incredible views, the river is famed for holding rainbows and browns, and the wine there is pretty good too, I’m told. Any AFAC fishing trip is a brilliant way to improve skills, and also to get to know your club members, many of whom have vast depths of knowledge and secret histories that surprise. Do not hold back.

Personally, I would also like to thank the membership for the very heartening welcome and support I have received since stepping into these rather large shoes. The club is a more convoluted and decidedly interesting beast than I knew, and it is with some pride that I carry the torch for future generations for a lap or two. Thank you, to all who have had quiet words and offers of encouragement, it is greatly appreciated.

Club meeting on the 12th at Rod and Reel, the wonderful Peter Scott will be talking with us.

Pre-meeting (6:30) there will be a barbecue, a fly-tying master session with Steven Kerr, and Gerhard Uys will be teaching the double surgeons knot, very, very useful on the river!

One last thing. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the club, I have a number of ideas on this – including an anniversary-type trip somewhere very special, but if you have ideas, feel free to pass them to Richard Hall, our exceptional Club Secretary, who will collect and collate them. . I will report further as we got closer to 2022.

I wish you a very happy Easter, and tight lines, all.